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Starting the New Year with a bang! London unleashes 15 tons of fireworks... as the rest of the world celebrates the start of 2015

At least 35 dead and 42 injured in New Year's Eve stampede as thousands pack onto riverfront to watch light show {VIDEO}

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  • Wild celebrations underway after breathtaking display of fireworks fills the night sky above London tonight 
  • Shard in London beamed out the highest ever New Year's Eve countdown as the world celebrated arrival of 2015
  • Hundreds of thousands lined the River Thames in London for spectacular fireworks display at midnight
  • Tragedy in Shanghai, China after 35 people are killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in the city 
  • Fiji and New Zealand welcomed 2015 with fireworks and celebrations at 11am GMT, followed by Australia
  • New Years Eve celebrations have taken place around the globe with an estimated 1.6milliongathering in Sydney
  • Display in the Sydney Harbour featured seven tonnes of fireworks and is thought to have attracted 1.6million
  • Beijing celebrate with an event in the Olympic Park to highlight its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics

A breathtaking display of fireworks lit up London's night sky as huge crowds descended on the Capital for the arrival of 2015.

Revellers watched on as a giant clock, illuminated on the side of London's Shard skyscraper, counted down to midnight triggering wild celebrations across Britain.

The New Year started with a bang as an explosion of light from some 12,000 fireworks - weighing a combined 15 tons - filled the sky above London's South Bank - including spectacular blasts from the frame of the London Eye.

The 11-minute display, which is said to have cost £1.8million and was accompanied by an electronic soundtrack, featured a poignant commemoration of the centenary of the First World War with bursts of red fireworks representing poppies. 

It comes as millions around the world have welcomed in 2015 with a series of spectacular fireworks displays. 

Spectacular: The London Eye explodes with light as a massive display of 15 tons of fireworks helps usher in the New Year in central London

Spectacular: The London Eye explodes with light as a massive display of 15 tons of fireworks helps usher in the New Year in central London

A breathtaking display of fireworks lit up London's night sky tonight as hundreds of thousands descended on the Capital for the arrival of 2015

A breathtaking display of fireworks lit up London's night sky tonight as hundreds of thousands descended on the Capital for the arrival of 2015

The sky above Big Ben in central London turns red as thousands of fireworks are set off during a spectacular £1.8million display tonight

The sky above Big Ben in central London turns red as thousands of fireworks are set off during a spectacular £1.8million display tonight

Fireworks explode above 'Big Ben' during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight 

Fireworks explode above 'Big Ben' during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight 

The New Year started with a bang as an explosion of light from some 12,000 fireworks - weighing a combined 15 tons - filled the sky above London's South Bank

The New Year started with a bang as an explosion of light from some 12,000 fireworks - weighing a combined 15 tons - filled the sky above London's South Bank

The sparkling display featured 12,000 fireworks. Crowds of hundreds of thousands lined the River Thames 

The sparkling display featured 12,000 fireworks. Crowds of hundreds of thousands lined the River Thames 

Unlike last year, when about 500,000 people crammed into part of the city to view the display, just 100,000 paying ticket holders were permitted to watch the city’s annual celebration from a fenced-off area at a cost of £10 per ticket

Unlike last year, when about 500,000 people crammed into part of the city to view the display, just 100,000 paying ticket holders were permitted to watch the city’s annual celebration from a fenced-off area at a cost of £10 per ticket

Ringing in the New Year: Big Ben's chimes signalled the start of a massive firework display that drew gasps among the thousands watching

Ringing in the New Year: Big Ben's chimes signalled the start of a massive firework display that drew gasps among the thousands watching

The 11-minute display featured a poignant commemoration of the centenary of the First World War with bursts of red fireworks representing poppies

The 11-minute display featured a poignant commemoration of the centenary of the First World War with bursts of red fireworks representing poppies

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye in a dazzling display

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye in a dazzling display

Selfie time: Revellers use their mobile phones to capture the stunning fireworks bonanza. A woman even turns her back on the display momentously to take a selfie 

Selfie time: Revellers use their mobile phones to capture the stunning fireworks bonanza. A woman even turns her back on the display momentously to take a selfie 

Although 100,000 saw the display from the official viewing areas, many more saw it from other parts of the Capital

Although 100,000 saw the display from the official viewing areas, many more saw it from other parts of the Capital

Revellers lined the River Thames for a fireworks display timed to the midnight bongs of Big Ben, Parliament's famous bell

Revellers lined the River Thames for a fireworks display timed to the midnight bongs of Big Ben, Parliament's famous bell

This was the view towards the London Eye from RAF Memorial on Victoria Embankment. This year a ticket system was introduced to limit the numbers of people at the prime viewing sites to 100,000

This was the view towards the London Eye from RAF Memorial on Victoria Embankment. This year a ticket system was introduced to limit the numbers of people at the prime viewing sites to 100,000

Services braced themselves for a busy night, with London Ambulance Service expecting up to 600 calls an hour

Services braced themselves for a busy night, with London Ambulance Service expecting up to 600 calls an hour

Breathtaking: Minutes after the dazzling display (pictured), Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: 'Happy New Year' 

Breathtaking: Minutes after the dazzling display (pictured), Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: 'Happy New Year' 

Big Ben is lit up in an explosion of red light from fireworks blasting into the night sky behind

Big Ben is lit up in an explosion of red light from fireworks blasting into the night sky behind

The London display was counted in by a 10-minute digital countdown on The Shard's western facade, followed by lighting comprised of searchlights, strobes, and a 2015 numeric graphic

The London display was counted in by a 10-minute digital countdown on The Shard's western facade, followed by lighting comprised of searchlights, strobes, and a 2015 numeric graphic

Big bang: Smoke drifts across the surface of the River Thames as fireworks rocket out from the frame of the London Eye

Big bang: Smoke drifts across the surface of the River Thames as fireworks rocket out from the frame of the London Eye

Atmospheric: The sky glows red as fireworks blast in to the night along the South Bank behind London's Shard skyscraper

Atmospheric: The sky glows red as fireworks blast in to the night along the South Bank behind London's Shard skyscraper

The London ticketing scheme was brought in following consultation with the Metropolitan Police, emergency services, and local authorities, to help manage crowd numbers which have been growing each year

The London ticketing scheme was brought in following consultation with the Metropolitan Police, emergency services, and local authorities, to help manage crowd numbers which have been growing each year

Thousands gathered at Edinburgh Castle to enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations which featured a huge fireworks display
Thousands gathered at Edinburgh Castle to enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations which featured a huge fireworks display

Thousands gathered at Edinburgh Castle to enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations which featured a huge fireworks display

Kasey Snyder, Thomas Haworth and Heather Haworth from Texas dressed to impress in tartan as Edinburgh's 2015 Hogmanay celebrations got underway

Kasey Snyder, Thomas Haworth and Heather Haworth from Texas dressed to impress in tartan as Edinburgh's 2015 Hogmanay celebrations got underway

In Sydney, Australia, an estimated 1.6million people turn ed up to watch more than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects on show during this year's New Year's Eve display over Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. 

But tragedy struck in Shanghai, China where 35 people were killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations. Another 42 people were reportedly injured amid the chaos about a half-hour before midnight.

Revellers lined the River Thames for a fireworks display timed to the midnight bongs of Big Ben, Parliament's famous bell.

Unlike last year, when about 500,000 people crammed into part of the city to view the display, just 100,000 paying ticket holders were permitted to watch the city’s annual celebration from a fenced-off area at a cost of £10 per ticket.

People without tickets were told by the office of the London Mayor to watch the display from home.

'Whether it's in a pub or from the comfort of your sofa, for those without a ticket the best view of #londonnye fireworks is on BBC1,' it said in a tweet. 

There have been reports tonight that tickets for the viewing area were exchanging hands for up to £100 each.

Services braced themselves for a busy night, with London Ambulance Service expecting up to 600 calls an hour, operations director Jason Killens said on Twitter.

He said: 'Over 100 emergency calls in the first 15 minutes since midnight - its getting busy this London NYE.' 

This was the stunning view of the London Eye fireworks display captured from the don's 2015 New Year fireworks display from the North bank of the River Thames

This was the stunning view of the London Eye fireworks display captured from the don's 2015 New Year fireworks display from the North bank of the River Thames

Tickets for the viewing area were non-transferable, meaning people needed valid ID from the original ticket buyer to gain entry to the event

Tickets for the viewing area were non-transferable, meaning people needed valid ID from the original ticket buyer to gain entry to the event

In a spin: At times the London Eye resembled a giant Catherine wheel as fireworks rocketed out of the giant frame
In a spin: At times the London Eye resembled a giant Catherine wheel as fireworks rocketed out of the giant frame

In a spin: At times the London Eye resembled a giant Catherine wheel as fireworks rocketed out of the giant frame

The River Thames was transformed under a sea of green and red as the 11-minute display dazzled crowds

The River Thames was transformed under a sea of green and red as the 11-minute display dazzled crowds

In London, a crew of more than 300 are said to have been involved in setting off some 12,000 fireworks last night

In London, a crew of more than 300 are said to have been involved in setting off some 12,000 fireworks last night

The Shard will tonight beam out the highest ever New Year's Eve countdown as the rest of the world continues to celebrate the arrival of 2015

What a way to go: Sydney and Australia say goodbye to 2014 as the new year rolls in across the globe

Merry new years tidings: Fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur

Going off with a bang: An explosion of fireworks erupted over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as the city ushered in the New Year

Going off with a bang: An explosion of fireworks erupted over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as the city ushered in the New Year

Crowds flocked to Red Square in Moscow and used their mobile telephones to film a huge display of New Year's Eve fireworks as it lit up the night sky

Crowds flocked to Red Square in Moscow and used their mobile telephones to film a huge display of New Year's Eve fireworks as it lit up the night sky

Arriving in style: Sydney locals, Demi Bryant, 22, and James Hundt, 28, celebrate the beginning of the New Year atop a high-rise overlooking the iconic Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks sitting on a Ford Mustang

And we're off: An estimated 1.6million people gathered on the shores of the Sydney Harbour for the midnight fireworks show 

And we're off: An estimated 1.6million people gathered on the shores of the Sydney Harbour for the midnight fireworks show 

Heavy artillery: This image shows just some of the seven tonnes of fireworks that were set off around midnight in Sydney

Heavy artillery: This image shows just some of the seven tonnes of fireworks that were set off around midnight in Sydney

Nearly there: Thousands of people watched the fireworks in Sydney from some 50 vessels in the water

shanghai

  • At least 35 people have been killed during a stampede in Shanghai as they waited for a New Years Eve countdown
  • 42 have been reported injured, and were taken to Shanghai General Hospital to be treated 
  • The Bund area where the stampede happened is notorious for congestion on New Years because of the 3D light display just before midnight
  • Last year over 300,000 people packed into the area, spilling into the streets when public transport was shut down over safety concerns
  • Social media pictures show people lying on the ground and being resuscitated while police ring the area
  • The countdown had been cancelled earlier in the day out of fears of congestion and to discourage as many people from attending
  • There is no clear indication as to why the stampede started 

At least 35 people have been killed in a stampede during the New Year's celebrations in Shanghai, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency is reporting.

The report cites the city's government in saying that at least another 42 people have been injured and have been taken to Shanghai General Hospital.

The deaths and injuries occurred at the city's waterfront Bund area, which attracted 300,000 people last New Years Eve and is notorious for causing severe congestion at major events.

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A stampede during Shanghai's New Year celebrations has allegedly killed 35 people and injured another 42

A stampede during Shanghai's New Year celebrations has allegedly killed 35 people and injured another 42

Official news service, Xinhua, reported that the stampede began at 11.35pm local time, but that it was not clear yet what had triggered the aggressive mass movement.

Social media posts show at least one person doing chest compressions on a shirtless person, while another lies on the ground nearby. 

Another photo shows the area ringed by police, sectioning off the Bund area.

South China Morning Post reporter George Chen posted to Twitter that the stampede occurred right before midnight. 

New Year's Eve light show in Bund area of Shanghai
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A stampede happens during a New Year celebrations in the bund area in east China's Shanghai early Thursday morning local time

A stampede happens during a New Year celebrations in the bund area in east China's Shanghai early Thursday morning local time

Chaos: The cause of the stampede is not yet know

Chaos: The cause of the stampede is not yet know

Crushed: A New Year’s Eve stampede has killed 35 people in Shanghai, according to Chinese state media

Crushed: A New Year’s Eve stampede has killed 35 people in Shanghai, according to Chinese state media

'As a native of Shanghai, I believe this is the worst (very rare) stampede incident in Shanghai history in recent decades. Shock!!' he said via Twitter.

Pictures show family members clashing with security personnel at Shanghai General Hospital.

The Huangpu District government announced earlier in the day that the New Years Eve countdown show had been moved to the Bund Origin area to help improve traffic flow and avoid congestion, reported Shanghai Daily.

Images released from earlier in the day on Weibo showed crowds gathered and packed tightly into the area. 

Local media reported at Christmas that an official countdown at the Bund had been canceled this year because of overcrowding last year. 

Scene: A picture published by Xinhua showed police lined up around the event, trying to calm people down

Scene: A picture published by Xinhua showed police lined up around the event, trying to calm people down

Officials say at least 35 people have been killed at the New Year event in the bund area in the city

Graphic: Multiple people lay on the ground in some of the pictures, seemingly dead or injured

Graphic: Multiple people lay on the ground in some of the pictures, seemingly dead or injured

Crowds of over 300,000 people attended last year's countdown, growing from 100,000 when the event was organised three years ago.

Local media reports that in the past two years the Bund was severely congested by as early as 9pm.

The significant rise in popularity area as a New Years destination over the last three years is believed to be a result of the 3D laser display beamed on nearby buildings just before the countdown to the new year.

The laser display was scheduled to last ten minutes, ending with the midnight fireworks.  

The significant rise in popularity area as a New Years destination over the last three years is believed to be a result of the 3D laser display

The significant rise in popularity area as a New Years destination over the last three years is believed to be a result of the 3D laser display

The 3D laser display is beamed on nearby buildings just before the countdown to the new year

The 3D laser display is beamed on nearby buildings just before the countdown to the new year

The laser display was scheduled to last ten minutes, ending with the midnight fireworks.

The laser display was scheduled to last ten minutes, ending with the midnight fireworks.

In 2014 more than 300,000 people flocked to the area, causing an havoc in the city when a lack of adequate public transport forced revelers to walk home. 

The closest train to the Bund, the Nanjing Road E. subway station on Line 2, was closed out of safety concerns, pushing those who attended the countdown into private vehicles and onto the streets. 

Zhao Ziyu, an office worker in Shanghai, said that the cancellation had been a disappointment after the events of last year.

'I spent two hours in a bar after the countdown. I still did not get a taxi and had to walk all the way home,' she said. 

Security personnel and policemen stand next to an entrance to a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai

Security personnel and policemen stand next to an entrance to a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai

Shock: A victim's friend covers his face as he waits outside a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai

Shock: A victim's friend covers his face as he waits outside a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai

Relatives of a victim hug as they wait at a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai January 1, 2015

Relatives of a victim hug as they wait at a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated in Shanghai January 1, 2015

At least 35 people were killed and 42 were injured in a stampede during a New Year's celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai

At least 35 people were killed and 42 were injured in a stampede during a New Year's celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai

'The show itself was very good — a party for citizens. I still think they should find a way to disperse the crowd.' 

The cancellation of the countdown this year is believed to have to been a preemptive move to dissuade as many people from attending.  

However the famed light show continued as planned, with a further private light display held in the Waitanyuan area at the intersection of the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River.

The light show was 'civilisation' themed, decorated with a scheme of bronze, blue and white porcelain, and terra cotta.  

Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims were sent

Angry family members clash with security personnel in a hospital where some of the victims were sent

Security personnel use chairs to barricade themselves against family members of the stampede victims

Security personnel use chairs to barricade themselves against family members of the stampede victims

In 2014 more than 300,000 people flocked to the area, causing an havoc in the city when a lack of adequate public transport forced revelers to walk home

In 2014 more than 300,000 people flocked to the area, causing an havoc in the city when a lack of adequate public transport forced revelers to walk home

The aftermath of the stampede shows a desolate street strewn with rubbish and trampled belongings

The aftermath of the stampede shows a desolate street strewn with rubbish and trampled belongings


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Comment by Rachel Rothechild on January 8, 2015 at 1:33pm
Well In A Situation As That It Is Expected.
Comment by Michele Richards on January 1, 2015 at 12:29pm
They have 50,000,000 persons living there, no wonder so many flock to the area to see 2014 change to 2015. May all those who died so unfortunately RIP, such sad news at the start of the year!
Comment by Robert on December 31, 2014 at 11:41pm
maybe it's me but is there such a need to be around so many people??? I rather be around one or two fine looking women, ALONE...
Comment by Bombahdrop on December 31, 2014 at 11:20pm
dam that's a lot of people out there.
Comment by pinky on December 31, 2014 at 10:06pm
Crazy
Comment by GospelPan on December 31, 2014 at 8:44pm
Madness!

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